College of Visual and Performing Arts

Associate Faculty


  • Phone: 260-481-0138
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 212
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Adam Johnson is originally from the small town of West Monroe, Louisiana. He began playing the trombone at the age of 12 and went on to study music in college, eventually earning a Masters of Music degree from Yale University where he studied with Scott Hartman. As a student at Yale, Adam performed with the Yale Symphony Orchestra on tour in Eastern Europe, giving concerts in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Upon completion of the M.M. he began doctoral studies at Indiana University where his primary teacher was Peter Ellefson. His studies at IU were cut short when he was appointed second trombonist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra in 2004. Adam chose to continue work toward his doctorate at Ball State University and in the fall of 2010 he successfully defended his dissertation and was awarded the Doctor of Arts degree. He has performed with many other orchestras including substitute work in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Pops. As a soloist, Adam has performed concertos on two occasions with the IPFW University/Community Orchestra and tour performances with the University of Louisiana at Monroe Wind Ensemble. He has also been featured as a soloist on the Grace Episcopal summer concert series in Monroe, Louisiana. Additionally, Adam has been selected two times to participate in the Alessi Seminar, an intense ten day seminar led by Joseph Alessi, the principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. Adam has held teaching positions at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and at Ball State University.

Adam Johnson